About DSRF

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation is located on the shared unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). Without their long history of stewardship and care of this land we could not provide a safe space for families and individuals with Down syndrome to learn and develop new skills.

Our mission is to support people living with Down syndrome and their families with individualized and leading-edge educational programs, health services, information resources, and rich social connections so each person can flourish in their own right.

Our vision is a Canada that values and empowers people with Down syndrome, fostering economic, social, and individual inclusion throughout their lives. 

In a recent survey of DSRF families, 85% shared that the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation provides support they cannot receive anywhere else. 

What does this mean?

It means that DSRF offers a level of Down syndrome expertise unmatched in Canada. It also illustrates how vital DSRF is for the families we serve. Our caring therapists and teachers are Down syndrome specialists who work almost exclusively with individuals with Down syndrome. They have a deep knowledge of this population’s unique learning strengths and needs. Our team members truly appreciate and understand the individuals and families with whom they work.

We offer a wide variety of programs, services, and resources for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and their families. DSRF is a one-stop-shop for Down syndrome, or as one parent put it, “a boutique of supporting our son for success.”

At DSRF, we are proactive, evolving our programming and services based on our experiences working with clients and students, and the latest research and best practices. We take an individualized approach, tailoring our lessons to each person’s strengths, interests, and needs. As a result, students are empowered. They have opportunities to grow, learn, and step into whatever success means to them.

DSRF provides:

  • Group programs for youth and adults with Down syndrome
  • One to one services for individuals and families at all stages of life
  • Down syndrome resources to equip parents, caregivers, and professionals